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obama was joined by german chancellor angela merkel at the white house and warned that russia will pay a greater cost if it doesn't help de-escalate this crisis. more from our white house correspondent chuck todd. chuck? >> reporter: lester, a new warning from president obama to russian president putin today if he's caught meddling in the ukrainian election on may 25th. >> in short, they are making a weak russian economy even weaker. moreover, if russia continues on its current course, we have a range of tools at our disposal including sanctions that would target sectors of the russian economy. >> reporter: now, chancellor merkel and president talked about those tools today and here's what they agreed to. that beyond targeting individuals, they're going to have the new sanctions aimed at russian banking, weapons production, and energy. germany relies on russian energy, but merkel agreed to this to include it as long as her country's inevitable economic pain is shared with other countries. now, today's little meeting with president and merkel didn't go so well, apparently. the president
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